Primoz Roglic took over at the top of the Tour of Britain standings after his LottoNL-Jumbo team won the race’s first-ever team time trial stage in Cumbria.
The Dutch team finished the 14 km course in a time of 19 min 37sec, 16 seconds ahead of Quick-Step Floors with Katusha-Alpecin in third place a further four seconds back.
Patrick Bevin had started stage five in the green jersey but was forced to relinquish his lead as his BMC team trailed in sixth place, 40 seconds behind the winners.
Roglic, who finished fourth at this year’s Tour de France, had started the day 16 seconds behind Bevin in the overall standings.
“We are all really happy — it’s a really special moment,” said Roglic. “Getting the jersey was not really a big objective, we just wanted to do a nice team time trial. But as we managed to take it, we will try and defend the jersey in the next days.
“There was quite a lot of communication out on the road because it was a really hard climb. I think all the guys did a really good job, each and every one of them. Itâs a really nice win.”
The win for Roglic’s team lifts him six seconds clear in the standings ahead of Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors), with Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) a further 10 seconds back.
The potentially crucial sixth stage from Barrow back to Whinlatter Pass will take place on Friday.
Tour of Britain 2018 – stage 5 results (Cockermouth – Whinlatter Pass TTT):
General classification after stage 5:
|1||Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo)|
|2||Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors)|
|3||Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)|
|4||Patrick Bevin (BMC)|
|5||Wout Poels (Team Sky)|
|6||Pascal Eenkhoorn (LottoNL-Jumbo)|
|7||Jasha Sütterlin (Movistar)|
|8||Jos van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo)|
|9||Neilson Powless (LottoNL-Jumbo)|
|10||Cameron Meyer (Mitchelton-Scott)|